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Paid To Shop

Take one look at Michelle Ryan's closet and you can tell this is someone who lives for shopping.

"What woman doesn't love to shop?" she asked. "I love to shop."

And what better way to shop than to get paid for it? Ryan decided to look into the Paid to Shop craze.

"I'm a stay at home mom, and a little extra money would be nice for a parents' day out or dinner with my husband or babysitter," she said.

So she paid 35 dollars to an on-line site that promised to get her started. "It was very easy," she said, "then you pay and it becomes a nightmare."

One that ended with a $35 charge to her credit card, and nothing to show for it.

"I was on-line for an evening for and hour and a half and I never even finished a survey. You finish one and click and it brings you to another one. You can never cancel or finish any so I got frustrated and gave up."

Michelle Ryan's story is one that Randy Hutchinson from the Better Business Bureau has heard often.

"People who see ads on internet get phone calls, pay a fee and don't get any jobs," Hutchinson said. He advises you never pay for a job, including shopping. Also, research a company before you contact them. And if you have a problem, Hutchinson says report the company to the BBB.

Dave Sanford runs a local secret shopper business that the BBB says you can trust. You can log on to his site and sign up for free. Sanford says legitimate companies want to hear from you.

"Try to get an unbiased look at their business from an unbiased consumer or someone who may have more expertise, because it's hard to be unbiased about your own company," he said.

Back at the Ryan residence, Michelle says she's now wary of the Paid to Shop lifestyle, after all why mix business with pleasure.

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